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Five W’s of Writing: Where Do You Write?

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Five-W-whereThis is the fourth article in the series, The Five W’s of Writing (Who, What, When, Where, and Why).


Do you have a special place to do your writing? Or, do you write wherever you are? The key is to find what works best for you.

Home Office

The very word “office” conjures up visions of desk work. Many writers say they get more done when they work in their designated writing place. It’s not necessarily a whole room, just a space set aside only for writing. This has worked well for author Jim Watkins, who has used the same writing desk for his whole career. Here’s what my writing space looks like. And, take a look at two other writers’ home offices. Tricia Goyer posted photos of writers’ desks on Pinterest here.

Public Places

Some of my writing teachers have suggested that writing in public places gives you ideas that you would not get otherwise. Today’s coffee shops and fast food restaurants with wireless Internet make it easy to write in public withID-100181543out being obvious about it. Here’s an article by Nancy Warren on “brewing up inspiration.”

When I need to get away from the distractions of home, I take my laptop to my public library. It goes without saying that libraries are generally quieter than other public places. Ours has both indoor and outdoor tables with comfortable chairs, and a number of sofas scattered around the building—plus wireless Internet service.

While Driving

Now, I admit that this never occurred to me until I heard Mark Whitlock describe how he used a transcription service to get his ideas on paper. When Mark was with Thomas Nelson Publishers, he taught a conference workshop on getting past writers’ block. He shared that he engaged a transcription service to put his words in a text file that would be sent to him via email. He often phoned in his writing ideas while driving or when he was too tired or too busy to write it down.

What about you? Do you find that it makes any difference where you write? Share your ideas by commenting on this post.

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2 Responses to Five W’s of Writing: Where Do You Write?

  1. Cecelia LesterNo Gravatar June 2, 2015 at 1:53 pm #

    For a few years, I wanted to go to our church’s outside pavillion and take my NEO and write there. I haven’t done this yet. Since I now have a laptop and the church has WIFI, I could do it and be inside the church building but, there again, I haven’t done that either.

  2. Emily AkinNo Gravatar June 3, 2015 at 10:12 am #

    Sounds like a great set-up, Cecelia. When you’ve tried it, let me know how it goes.

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